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10 Dressing and Styling Tips for Moms

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With so much of your time and energy being taken up by mommy-ing, it can be hard to get motivated to change out of sweats or your standard easy-on work outfit. But as they say, when you look good, you feel good. Try these quick and easy tricks to looking like a million bucks (without losing the comfort factor!).

Add Accessories

a young woman smiling at the camera

A pair of earrings and a necklace or a few bracelets can dress up a look in under 30 seconds. Wrap a cute scarf around your neck to look instantly chic. And a little cover-up, blush and lip gloss does more than a designer outfit could for a tired mom.

Go with a Heel

a pair of dark brown boots

Everyone looks better in heels; they’re slimming and lengthen your legs. Obviously stilettos are not for daily mom duties, but there are plenty of comfy shoes with a one to two inch heel out there that are totally practical and cute. We're loving the stacked booties trend this fall—they're stylish, comfy and versatile.

Buy Some Boots

a pair of dark brown boots

Pull on a pair of leather boots and your look is immediately elevated. And you can wear those trendy flat boots with just about anything!

Pick Dark Denim

a pair of dark blue jeans

Even mom jeans can fake style when they’re dark! Pick a cut that’s flattering on your body type; there’s no shame in skipping the skinnies if a boot cut is a better balance for your pear shape. And jeans that have some Lycra will better hold their shape over time, which means they'll continue to fit even if you add or lose a few pounds.

Carry a Cute Bag

a blue handbag

We’re come a long way in terms of baby gear style; no longer must moms carry pastel diaper bags covered with cartoons or baby rattles. Nowadays, the bag you carry can even be a fashion statement on its own! Pick a modern style in a pattern you love and in a color scheme that works with your coat.

Go Fitted

a young woman using a tablet

You might think wearing that baggy shirt is hiding your lumps and bumps, but it’s actually adding on pounds. Instead pick a top that flatters your new-mom figure; for example, go V-neck if your decolletage is fab. It doesn’t need to be form-fitting, but something that defines your curves is ideal.

Banish the Sweats

a mom holding her baby in a room

Follow this rule to avoid looking like a rumpled mess: If you wore it to bed, don’t wear it out of your house! And if you wore it daily during the last months of your pregnancy, don’t wear it again ever, even if it still fits. That particular piece of clothing is undoubtedly stretched out and ready to be retired.

Cover Up with a Cute Coat

a woman wearing a bright orange coat

Everyone wins with coat shopping, right? They're flattering and so snuggly! Pick one that’s practical enough for every day, but not impossible to rock on a casual date night. Pea coats are classic, military styles are comfy, a brightly colored puffer looks great with a pair of dark jeans and boots. Avoid ski jackets at all costs (unless you're reading this on a ski lift!).

Rock Some Layers

a young woman going clothes shopping

Add a level of style to your look with layers, a trick fashion stylists use to make models look so amazing and well, fashionable. Top your cute-but-plain tunic and leggings with a vest and a dangly necklace, or let a lacy tank top peak out of your button down-and-jeans ensemble. Don't worry about being matchy-matchy (in fact, aim not to be), but do keep layers thin and streamlined.

Get Good Hair

a young woman getting a haircut

Treat yourself to a great haircut that flatters you and looks amazing without too much maintenance and you'll be loving your hair every time you look in the mirror. If you can, splurge on highlights or color for truly lovely locks.

 
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